Today was officially PDC day 7 and today we were (mostly) out in the woods near Wetherby in West Yorkshire. Ostensibly we were there to look at a coppiced wood, which we certainly did.
However, most of our time was building fires of various kinds. First, we were shown a method of making charcoal, using old drums with the sides cut open (that is, with reduced oxygen, the wood forms charcoal rather than wood ash). This charcoal can then be used as fertiliser and as a method of helping the soil retain moisture.
Not everyone was inspired but on the whole this caused much merriment. However, nothing quite surpassed the ‘camp fire’ which cooked our evening meal. And I don’t think the children were the only ones to have enjoyed a marshmallow bunny (which I’d got my daughter for Easter) toasted throughout the day!